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What Do You Think?

November 24, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Friday was: New guidelines recommended for mammograms and Pap tests suggest women should not be tested at as young of an age as previous guidelines suggested. Are you or a woman in your family likely to wait longer to be tested?

Poll results:

Yes -- 83 votes (14 percent)

No -- 527 votes (86 percent)

o "Every woman needs to have an in-depth discussion with her health care provider in determining the course of action that is best for her. While early, frequent screenings can catch disease at early treatable stages, one must also consider the adverse effects of such screenings as well."

o "No. This is the beginning of cost- cutting measures. The report has been followed by cervical cancer and soon we will see colon tests, blood tests, dexa scans, and the list goes on. And who is deciding this? Not experts. This is what we can expect when government takes over the health care of this country."

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o "I know too many people who have had 'routine' mammograms and they have had the worry of a questionable reading that turned out to be nothing. When the doctor asks you to keep an eye on the area and watch for changes, the doctor does not send a mammogram machine home with you. You are expected to 'feel' for any changes."

o "That's between my wife and her doctor. I will encourage her to follow and trust her doctor's recommendations, not the government or insurance companies. How long have we been told that early detection is the key to beating this type of cancer? One has to ask, is there a motive behind the new guidelines recommended for mammograms and pap tests?"

o "To prove the report is off base, they are not even recommending self-check, which is free. In my opinion, that alone discredits the report."

o "I don't want the government responsible for me and my health. The government- approved guidelines allow unstable additives in products that cause people to be exposed to carcinogens on a daily bases. Take care of yourself and be your own advocate."

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